I wiped my mac. Trying to rebuild my music in iTunes. Help!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iHavequestions, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. iHavequestions macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    What a nightmare!
    I don't quite remember what happened, but I wiped my mac at some point. And some sequence of events happened that I'm blurry about. But now when I open iTunes, I see most music files have exclamation points. I do have almost all my music files backed up on an external hard drive. Some questions:

    • How do I do a sweep and find all my files that has the exclamation point in mass?
    • I tried to drag and drop from my external hard drive but given that I have 30K of music, it's taking forever... If I finally recreate my files from scratch, how do I retain all my previous ratings/info etc associated with each song?
    • If I have both the exclamation point files as well as the files I dragged over, how do I delete the ones with the exclamation point in mass?
    • Is this even the right approach for my situation? Is there a better way than doing this nightmarish approach?
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Do a restore of the entire file system from the last Time Machine or CCC backup.

    I hope you have a TM or CCC backup of the system.
  3. iHavequestions thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    I can't seem to load the earlier ones from my external hard drive. Any step by step instructions on how to load the ones saved elsewhere?

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